The Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time:
No. 13 Wisconsin
Thought was given to wringing one last angle out of the Brett Favre saga by artificially jacking Wisconsin's preseason ranking up to No. 4.
But how, intellectually, could Rankman have faced colleagues at next year's Harris Interactive Pollsters Convention?
Wisconsin football is what it is, which is pretty good -- No. 13 seems about right.
Coach Bret Bielema, 21-5 in his first two years of Madison marriage, has the Big Red Train on track.
What an interesting schedule, though: After opening against Akron and Marshall, Wisconsin heads west to face Fresno State on Sept. 13 in one of the early season's most intriguing nonconference games.
It'll be a collision of red seas, the Mountains vs. the Pat (Mole) Hills.
This is risky business: A win in Fresno will fortify Wisconsin's position as a national player in 2008, but what might defeat do?